Image Acquires Amity Film Catalog4 May, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Eclectic slate includes films starring late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster and Robert DeNiro, among others
Image Entertainment May 4 said it acquired the global rights to more than 100 movies owned by Amity Entertainment, including 50 martial arts titles, for home entertainment distribution, including pay-TV.
Chatsworth, Calif.-based Image, which is owned by RLJ Entertainment, said the titles include late comedian Jim Varney’s "Ernest" movies, in addition to lesser-known content from the ’70s and ’80s such as Arch of Triumph (1985) starring Anthony Hopkins, Lesley-Anne Down, Donald Pleasance and Frank Finlay; The Baby Doll Murders (1992), featuring Jeff Kober, John Saxon and Bobby DiCicco; Desperate Men (1989), starring Ken Wahl, Judge Reinhold and Annie McEnroe; Frame Up (1990), with Wings Hauser, Dick Sargent and Francis Fisher; and Good Idea (1975), a comedy starring John Candy, Stefanie Powers and Isaac Hayes.
Other titles include The Legend of Seven Golden Vampires (1974), with Peter Cushing and John Forbes-Robertson; Mazes and Monsters (1982), with Tom Hanks and Wendy Crewson; Jodie Foster and John Lithgow in 1986 drama Mesmerized; Obsession, starring Richard Burton and Tatum O’Neal; WGA Award winner Power, Passion and Murder, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Hector Elizando; The Touch, with Kevin Costner and Andra Millian; and A Woman Accused, starring Chad Everett and Barbara Hershey.
“There’s a good mix of comedy, drama, suspense, horror and martial arts included and we are looking forward to releasing them across the various platforms, including digital and broadcast,” said Image CEO Ted Green.
Image will release the first titles beginning this summer.